Police find that many elements with unsavoury pasts are using the ‘press’ sticker on their vehicles to evade policemen
Like an old drunk, a Swift car zigzagged along the Shamshabad road around 7.30 pm on Thursday night, scaring other motorists, pedestrians and push-carts out of their wits. Many ran for cover but no casualty occurred. Some even suspected it could be a reality show or a film scene. But some traffic cops noticed the dangerous behaviour and informed their colleagues on duty ahead about the car number. At Nampally, policemen stopped the car and confronted the driver. Sitting beside him was a glamorous sex worker.
The man turned out to be besotted. He was unable to speak clearly but blurted out his identity: do you know who I am? Managing director of so-and-so channel. “Keep off.” The confused cops got in touch with the channel and got a shock. The channel managers told the policemen that the man was a fraud who had approached them with a partnership proposal some time ago but they had rejected him knowing his character.
Emboldened, policemen pulled the man out and released the sex worker who mumbled her gratitude to the police and bolted.
Here was Mohd Mansoor Khan, a self-styled channel managing director who had earlier made some documentaries and small budget art films for Tollywood.
Unveiling the filmy-type saga for the benefits of the Postnoon readers was ACP Abids, B Limba Reddy.
Mansoor Khan, 40, belongs to Meriyalguda of Nalgonda and came to the City 15 years ago to make a career, said Reddy. Slowly, Khan befriended some film producers and became an assistant producer. He made some documentary films too.
Along the way he developed friendship with a channel manager of an Urdu- Hindi-English. Khan too got enamoured with the channel because he realised that media has powers. Thus, he approached a fairly successful local channel offering them some money to get in but the channel refused. Despite rejection, he continued to use the channel name and made visiting cards as MD of that channel.
Reddy said his new-found friend had a farm house in Shamshabad-Hyderabad and Khan allegedly used to lure young women with the promise of making them TV stars.
The Thursday evening incident was one of them, only, this time it happened to be a sex worker.
Interrogation revealed that Khan was living alone and was a divorcee. He used a ‘press’ sticker on his car prominently to scare away law keepers.
The ACP said the police found some more misuse of press identity. “Many people are abusing the ‘press stickers’ which give them some immunity, thanks to police respect the media holds but the misuse hurts the genuine media people more than anybody else, “he observed.
Khan has been arrested and produced in court. He is currently in jail.
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